After the 12 new NASA astronaut candidates were announced on June 7, 2017, they began their two-year compulsory training. Once they have completed their training, they are eligible for allocation.
NASA confirmed on Monday Newsweek that one member of the astronaut class 2017 would resign at the end of the month for personal reasons. Robb Kulin ends his astronaut training with NASA on August 31 and will not be replaced, Brandi Dean, from the NASA Public Affairs Office, told Newsweek on Monday.
The class of 12, which has been training for a year in the Astronaut Office of NASA, was chosen from more than 18,000 applicants. NASA first got those from the ground that did not meet the basic requirements. It then chose the 500 most qualified people, and after checking the references of those astronauts, 120 people were chosen. They went to NASA for interviews and a number of tests before the group was limited to just 50. After the second round of interviews and more in-depth tests, the candidates were chosen.
Before Kulin, born in Alaska, was chosen by NASA, he was senior manager at SpaceX, where he worked on flight reliability. He had also worked as a drier on Antarctica and as a commercial fisherman.
Kulin obtained his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Denver, according to his NASA bio. Later he obtained his masters in materials sciences before he obtained a doctorate in engineering, both at the University of California in San Diego.
The specific reason for his dismissal was unclear and attributed to personal reasons.
"He will not be replaced in the classroom of astronaut candidates," Dean said Newsweek. "In selecting an astronaut candidate class, we estimate the needs within the astronaut corps based on the available information at that time, and we declare that we can not completely reduce the dropout levels and other issues that may affect the number of astronauts available for allocation. can predict. "